Michael Huo, M.D.
More than 675,000 Americans had a total knee replacement (arthroplasty) in 2009, while nearly 330,000 had their hips replaced. Although most recover fine with their new joints, some patients experience complications, which can mean they’ll need a repeat operation (revision surgery). That’s when many North Texans turn to UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Michael Huo, M.D., who specializes in joint replacement revision surgery.
Our team is at the forefront of joint replacement surgery, including complex joint replacement and revision surgery.”
Not only does Dr. Huo perform plenty of hip and knee replacement operations, but also about half his practice involves revisions for patients who come to him after their joint replacements go wrong. These are complex procedures that many other surgeons tend to avoid. But, says Dr. Huo, “I do things that others don't want to do.” He also operates on teenagers with problems like hip dysplasia, when the hip doesn’t fit properly into the socket, or slipped capital femoral epiphysis or SCFE, when the growth plate slips off the end of the thighbone.
Keeping an eye on cutting-edge joint replacement research is one of Dr. Huo’s top priorities. For 12 years, he has written a prestigious summary of articles called “What’s New in Total Hip Arthoplasty.”
“I have had to read a majority of the published papers and abstracts presented at meetings,” he says.
That means this UT Southwestern surgeon is one of the first specialists in the world to hear about innovations or problems in hip and knee joint surgery.
To improve patients’ experiences long before they come to the operating room, Dr. Huo is helping to develop a pre-hab program of patient education at UT Southwestern. “The idea is try to get the patient in as good a shape as possible in order to reduce the after-surgery problems,” he says. “We’re trying to make the patients’ recovery times as short as possible, so they can return to their homes and begin normal activities.”